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Windows 7: Win+R Alias Manager

01 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Win+R Alias Manager

One of the old, but kind of "hidden" features are aliases for "run" dialog box. They are with us since Windows 95 (and I use them since Windows 98). It is a shame but through all years we have no any proper UI to control them. Lets claim the end of this with Win+R Alias Manager.

So, here is how aliases looks for end user:
  • You press Win+R keyboard shortcut
  • Run dialog is appeared. You type ff and press Enter
  • System will to run Firefox for you.

With Win+R Alias Manager you will able to specify any alias fort any software.
Yon can set even several aliases for any application. For example, you can set several aliases for Internet Explorer, such as "ie","inet","blabla" and so on.

Windows supports two types of aliases: first is aliases for current user and second is system-wide aliases. As you may know, system-wide aliases can be accessible by any user of your PC. With Win+R Alias Manager you can handle both types of aliases! You can edit, delete and create alias of any type.
The application allows you to create per-user alias by default, but you can change this with simple checkbox:

Note: you will able to create alias by simple dragging the executable (*.exe) file on alises list.

Win+R Alias Manager supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 both x86 and x64 as well as all editions. For Windows 8 you have to use special build from "Win8Native" folder.

Win+R Alias Manager is free and portable application and doesn't require to be installed.

Download: Win+R Alias Manager

Please read the description at download page to get full user experience from aliases and Win+R Alias Manager. Enjoy.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

01 Jul 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64

Very nice - I'll experiment with that over the next few days.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I do hope my software will not disappoints you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Win+R Alias Manager v1.0.0.1
  • Fixed issue: crash under Windows XP.
  • Fixed issue: Windows XP and Windows Vista users saw "per-user" aliases, however, this feature is avaiable only since Windows 7.
  • Fixed issue: proper behavior when you have administrator's right (useless bits was removed) and when you have not. Also no shield on buttons for elevated instance and better Vista handling.
  • Fixed issue: edit dialog does not closes with Enter key.
  • Fixed issue: edit dialog can not be closed with Cancel button if file path was wrong.
  • Fixed issue: duplicates of aliases instead of single edited alias.
  • Fixed issue: possible edit mode crash.
  • Lots of minor improvements in code.
  • Added: suggestions in "file path" text box. Try to type the file path from keyboard.
  • Added: %path% handling. Try to enter just cmd.exe or mspaint.exe.
  • Added: suggestion to add new alias if you have no one.

Download links was not changed.
+add "export aliases to reg file" feature.
+add confimation boxes for replacement and delete operations. Also settings to turn them off.
+add multi-laguage support. I do hope I can create something what allows end users to translate application's UI with simple text file.
Stay tuned.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Here is a very major update for Win+R Alias Manager.

Win+R Alias Manager v2.0 featured with the following changes:
Added sorting by click on column's header
Added resizing of columns
Added settings. The settings are following:
* Delete confirmation
* Run confirmation
* Replace confirmation (if you will try to create alias which already exists, you will get it.
* Small icons
Added export to registry file feature for selected aliases
Added filter for fast searching. TIP: Press Enter to jump from Filter text box into the grid
Main mindow now saves its size
"Work with system-wide aliases" checkbox now saves its state
New hotkeys are following:
* Insert - add an alias
* Alt+E or F2 - edit an alias
* Ctrl+F or F3 - search/filter option
* Ctrl+Home or Home - navigate to the first alias
* Delete - delete an alias
* Ctrl+End or End - navigate to the last alias
* Alt+R - run selected alias
* Alt+B - show a file which has the current alias
Bug fixed: wrong elevated launch
Bug fixed: the plus + character is allowed in the Run window, but not by this program
Bug fixed: grid did not remember the cursor position after delete
Bug fixed: editing an alias in the middle of the word, moves my cursor to the end for every typed character.
Bug fixed: REG_SZ was used instead of REG_EXPAND_SZ
Lots of improvements in code

I do hope you will like my hard work

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